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Author Zuckerman, Marvin.

Title Sensation Seeking : Beyond the Optimal Level of Arousal / Marvin Zuckerman
Published London ; New York : Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 449 pages) : illustrations
Series Psychology Revivals
Psychology revivals.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Introduction; Models of Personality and Their Sources; The Use of Tests to Define Personality; Sensation Seeking-Overview of the Book; Definition of Sensation Seeking; 2. Theoretical Background; Instinct and Drive Approaches; Optimal Level of Stimulation and Arousal Theories; Stimulus Change or Arousability Theories; Two-Factor Excitation Versus Inhibition Theories; Summary; 3. Sensory Deprivation: A Testing Ground For Optimal Level Theory
Arousal in Sensory DeprivationStimulus Seeking in Sensory Deprivation; The Effects of Prolonged Sensory Deprivation in Early Life; An Optimal Level Personality Theory Applied to Sensory Deprivation; Conclusions; 4. Development of the Sensation Seeking Scales: A Historical Overview; Introduction; Forms I and II; Forms III and IV; Form V; Reliabilities of the Trait Forms; Sensation Seeking and Anxiety State Scales; Summary; 5. Demographic Differences; Age Differences; Sex Differences; National-Cultural Differences; Regional College Differences; Racial Differences; Educational Differences
9. Vocations, Vocational Interests, Values, and AttitudesIntroduction; Attitudes; Summary; 10. Experience: Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, and Eating; Sexual Experience; Drugs and Alcohol; Smoking; Food Preferences; Implications for Therapy; Summary; 11. Psychopathology; Dimensional Classification of Clinical Syndromes; Sociopathy; Schizophrenia; Manic-Depressive Psychosis; Neurosis; Summary; 12. Biological Correlates of Sensation Seeking; A Test of the Optimal Level of Arousal Theory; Diurnal Variations in Sensation Seeking; Orienting Reflex (OR); Average Evoked Response (AER)
Hemispheric Right-Left DominanceGonadal Hormones; Monoamine Oxidase (MAO); Genetic Analyses; Summary; 13. A New Theory of Sensation Seeking; Arousal Systems; Biochemical Bases of Reward and Punishment; Monoamines and Naturalistic Behavior in Animals; Psychopathology; A New Hypothesis; Gonadal Hormones; A Biological Model; Social and Familial Influences on Sensation Seeking; Summary and Epilogue; Appendixes; Appendix A: Sensation Seeking Scale-Form I; Appendix B: Sensation Seeking Scale-Form II; Appendix C: Sensation Seeking Scale-Form IV
Summary 6. The Relationships Between the SSS and Other Trait Measures; Introduction; Convergent Validity Correlations With Similar Test Constructs; Multivariate Personality Tests; Multivariate Tests of Psychopathology; Other Traits; Discriminant Validity-Social Desirability; Summary; 7. Risk-Taking Activities; Volunteering for Experiments and Activities; Sensory Deprivation; Hypnosis and Meditation; Physical Risk Taking; Phobic Risk; Gambling; Mobility and Traveling; Life Stress; Summary; 8. Sensation, Perception, and Cognition; Sensory and Perceptual; Cognitive Abilities and Styles; Summary
Originally published in 1979, this title represents a summary of 17 years of research centring around the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS) and the theory from which the test was derived. Now an integral part of personality testing, including adaptations for use with children, this reissue is a chance to see where it all began
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 406-430) and indexes
Notes Appendix D: Scoring Key for Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS)-Form IV
Print version record
Subject Sensation seeking -- Testing
Arousal (Physiology) -- Testing
PSYCHOLOGY -- Physiological Psychology.
Arousal (Physiology) -- Testing
Sensation seeking -- Testing
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317627340